How Massage Therapy Can Help ‘Computer Posture’

Let’s talk a little bit about the computer, that posture-busting device that dominates our modern world. As much as we’d like to think we can maintain our correct posture when we’r working, eventually our body gets tired and we end up… slumped over.

So why does this happen? And how can we correct it with massage? Watch the video above to find out.

Our bodies are really smart. My body knows, for instance, that if I’m thirsty I should probably pick up what I’m about to drink. In order to do so, my body will actually turn off the muscles that I’m not using so that it’s easier for me to do. That’s a great neurological adaptation. But as smart as it is, the body can also get fooled. If we start to have this kind of posture, then our body thinks, “Oh, he wants to use these muscles so I’ll relax these muscles. The problem is we do have to use these muscles and now they’re at a disadvantage. They are overly lengthened because the muscles in the massage therapists…find the pain and try to make it feel better. But in reality no matter how good that massage is the pain is going to come back unless we are able to stretch the shortened, hypertonic tissue in the front. So as part of your treatment we’ll also work on the pectoral region with stretches and deep work. But your work doesn’t stop when the massage is over. The stretches and strengthening exercises that we recommend are going to be important aspects of your self-care. After all, as nice as it would be we can’t be there with you 24/7.

Unfortunately we’re not going to be able to get rid of these anytime soon or these. So what are you going to do to help yourself when you’re having a long day at the computer? Well, we’re made to move as human beings, not to sit. So every once in awhile, get up and go.


Share below your experiences with computers and your posture.